African Union (AU) High Representative, Raila Odinga, on Friday responded to Deputy President William Ruto’s remarks regarding the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.
The former Prime Minister was speaking during a meeting with ODM party members held at their Karen headquarters in Nairobi.
“Nobody is above the law, and if somebody is stealing, don’t go out and shout there and tell us that ooh Ksh7billion is nothing.
“Ksh7 billion is not pocket change, sio pesa ya kununua mandazi,” Raila asserted.
DP Ruto had caused a quite a stir following his remarks concerning the mega-dam scandal while speaking at the State of the Judiciary & the Administration of Justice Annual Report function, held at the Supreme Court on Thursday.
“You have heard that the government has lost about Ksh21 billion which is a flat lie! The money in question is about Ksh7 billion, and for every coin that has been paid, we have a bank guarantee,” he retorted.
The ODM party leader went on to narrate a parable of how the bat had been hoodwinking the bird species by claiming to be one of their own, then going over to the mammals and doing the same. This was in reference to corrupt officials who tried to play both sides in the war against corruption.
He went on to disclose that corrupt individuals are embedded within the state.
“We are witnessing a level corruption never seen before in our country, it is a web that has all the makings of a criminal enterprise, working from within the state itself,” he divulged during his speech.
The AU envoy went on to urge Kenyans to name and shame corrupt leaders and make life difficult for them, echoing President Uhuru’s recent remarks that such individuals should carry their own crosses.